Tommy Up is expanding his PYT joint to New York and D.C., and this month debuts a Fishtown tiki bar. The 42-year-old talks Jay Z, Japanese-mafia tattoos, and the best beef in Philadelphia. (Shocker: It’s not his.)
One of Us: Burger Guru Tommy Up [Philadelphia Magazine]
Tommy Up is opening a tiki bar at 1444 Frankford Avenue. The Yachtsman takes over the former Grady O’s on the now booming stretch of Fishtown. The fifties style tiki bar is aiming to open in April.
Up is the front man of the soon to be national, PYT and also owns cocktail bar, Emmanuelle.
The Yachtsman [Foobooz]
Franklin Mortgage will be using its recently added upstairs bar to teach customers how to make cocktails. First up is “Introduction to Tiki.” Learn about tiki culture and tiki cocktails while enjoying a daiquiri, mai tai and zombie.
The tiki class is this Thursday at 6 p.m. and costs $85 per person. New head bartender, Mike Treffehn will be teaching the class.
Upcoming classes »
This Sunday, Lemon Hill is hosting a tiki pop-up. The Franklin’s Mike Treffehn and Aaron Siak are going to be at the Fairmount bar blending fresh pina coladas, daiquiris and more.
The fun runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Check out the menu »
Cuba Libre and Rum Bar are both celebrating National Rum Day today with boozy specials and events.
During their Caippy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Cuba Libre will be offering their 100+ list of rums and 30 rum cocktails for half price. Available only in the bar area, prices for the rum alone will run from $4 to $19 and mixed rum drinks will be $4.50 to $6. Cuba Libre’s usual Caippy Hour specials will be available including caipirinhas, caipiroskas and sakerihnas for $5 each, house wine and sangria, select beers for $4 and bar bites for $5 each.
Tonight Rum Bar is bringing together their own Adam Kanter with Han Dynasty’s Katie Loeb for a one night tiki pop-up called Duke’s Surf Bar to celebrate the national holiday. For the night 20 tiki drinks will be available for $10. If all goes well and Kanter finds a good locale, Duke’s Surf Bar could become a brick-and-mortar reality.
Cuba Libre [Official Site]
Rum Bar [Official Site]
Next month Adam Kanter is holding a one night tiki pop-up at his Rum Bar. But the concept he’s dubbed Duke’s Surf Bar could be a permanent fixture if he finds the right location and funding.
Kanter’s idea for Duke’s is inspired by a couple bars he’s been to. The first is a Barbados surf bar which has a cool vibe, good music and of course an ocean view, but the drinks are terrible. In London he discovered Casita, a tiny bar with committed owners/bartenders who do the prep work during the day and make the drinks at night.
One possible location for Duke’s would be Rum Bar’s basement with an entrance from Moravian Street. That should make Jason happy as his dream tiki bar would be a “windowless room full of palm trees, liquor and Don Ho music.”
In the meantime be sure to check out the Duke’s Surf Bar pop-up set for Rum Bar on Thursday, August 16th. All of the 20 tiki drinks will be available for $10.
Duke’s Surf Bar [Facebook]
Starting today and continuing on the second Tuesday of every month, Tapestry is turing into a beach side tiki bar with tiki attire, island music and a cocktail menu of rotating tiki drinks.
Mike “Juice” Treffehn of Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. will be guest bartending and offering a menu of eight classic tiki drinks. Prices will range from $8 to $13 with most tiki drinks coming in at $9.
Tapestry Tiki Tuesday Drink Menu »
It would appear that tiki pop-ups are the new ramen pop-ups.
Mixologist Katie Loeb who is behind the tiki drinks at Han Dynasty is teaming up with Adam Kanter of Rum Bar to create a one-night tiki pop-up, Duke’s Surf Bar. The pop-up will happen at Rum Bar on Thursday, August 16th. All of the 20 tiki drinks will be available for $10.
Check out the teaser video, complete with the Prodigy soundtrack »
STARR Events will be hosting a three-day Tiki Pop-Up restaurant event from Thusday, June 28 to Saturday the 30th at the Philadelphia Museum of Art East Terrace. Each night from 6 to 9 p.m. for $48 patrons can enjoy Polynesian flavors and entertainment meant to accompany the PMA’s newest exhibit Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia.
Menu items include a whole-roasted pig (of course), Polynesian-style chicken and barbecued brisket with pineapple upside cake as a dessert choice. Admission also includes one free drink from the outdoor Tiki Bar with choices like the Pink Flamingo, The Big Kahuna, and the classic Mai Tai. (After your free drink there is a cash bar all night).
Full Menu and Entertainment »
This Thursday, May 24th, Rum Bar’s resident rum expert Adam Kanter is teaming up with Sailor Jerry National Brand Ambassador Paul Monahan for Tiki Thursday. Monahan will be the guest bartender for the night from 9pm on, serving $5 Sailor Jerry Tiki cocktails created by Kanter and himself.
The cocktails include the “Deckhand:” Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, maple syrup, orange juice, lime, blended with ripe bananas; the“124/Section T:” Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, coco lopez, heavy cream, pineapple, blended with ripe blueberries; and “Spiced Rum Buck:” Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, lime, ginger, Angostura, on rocks topped with soda water.
Rum Bar will also be serving up light Polynesian fare and exotic music as the finishing touch to Tiki Thursday.
Rum Bar [Official Site]